UNIVEN is a partner to the ‘Internationalisation and Modernisation Programme for Academics, Leaders and Administrators’ (IMPALA), which the EU is funding with almost 1 million Euro (approximately R 13 million) over a period of three years. The project is coordinated by the University of Antwerp, the four   South African partner universities are the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the University of Fort Hare, the University of Limpopo and the University of Venda. Univen is preparing together with the European and South African partner universities for the implementation phase of the project.

Cornelius Hagenmeier, Director: International Relations, and Dr Segun Obadire, Chief Administrative Officer in the Directorate International Relations, attended a meeting of the IMPALA steering committee in Antwerp which was held on 6 and 7 February 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to finalise the planning for the various project activities taking place in 2017:

  • A fully funded training week internationalisation for 80 staff members from the four South African partner universities which will take place from 20 to 24 March 2017 in Cape Town, 20 of the participants are Univen academics and administrators.
  • A visit to European Universities to engage with their internationalisation strategies and practices. Delegations will be led by the Vice-Chancellors of the four South African partner institutions will participate in this engagement, which is planned from 25 June 2017 to 1 July 2017.
  • A second training workshop for the staff members whom the project is training in March, which will take place in the second semester of 2017.

According to the Director: International Relations, Cornelius Hagenmeier, Univen’s participation in the project will develop the capacity necessary to further advance the internationalisation of its core business, positioning it to be globally competitive and locally relevant.

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Department of Communications and Marketing
University of Venda
Tel: 015 962 8525
Date: 13 February 2017